Legal Lasso: Denver DA Takes on Prosecutor Reform Measures

by Tony Flesor

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LOCAL NEWS

Denver DA Hires Investigator for Prosecutor Reform
Denver DA Beth McCann has hired an outside researcher to look into patterns of racial bias in her office’s cases as part of a national effort at prosecutor reform. (Denver Post)

Oskar Blues and Guns N’ Roses Come to an Agreement
Longmont’s Oskar Blues brewery settled a trademark dispute with Guns N’ Roses over its beer with a similar name. Both sides have agreed to settle, but not much more is known at this point.

Suspended Public Defender Resigns
The public defender whose law license was suspended in Missouri is resigning from her job in Colorado. (Denver Post)

Harassment Lawsuit Filed Over Legal Bear Hunt
According to a lawsuit filed in Pitkin County, a Florida man caused severe emotional distress to a hunter and his family by  repeatedly terrorizing and harassing them over the legal killing of a bear.

Stapleton Will Keep its Name
Stapleton property owners voted against changing their community’s name, despite connections to former Denver mayor and Ku Klux Klan member Benjamin Stapleton.

NATIONAL NEWS

EEOC Splits From DOJ on Transgender Protections
The general counsel of the EEOC didn’t sign a brief submitted by the Department of Justice on the agency’s behalf saying transgender discrimination is legal. The DOJ brief argues that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act doesn’t cover transgender individuals; the lack of EEOC support suggests the general counsel disagrees with that view.

Law Firms Seeing Slim Margins in 2019
In the first half of 2019, law firms are seeing slimmer margins as expenses outpace revenue throughout the legal industry (The American Lawyer).

Developments in the Ongoing Conversation about Guns and Police Force
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that allows police to use deadly force only as “necessary” rather than when it is “objectively reasonable.” Meanwhile on the other side of the country, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is lashing out at the Philadelphia DA over a “culture of disrespect for law enforcement” after six police officers were shot.

A New Round of Tobacco Lawsuits
Juul Labs and Philip Morris are being sued for marketing e-cigarettes to minors and deceiving consumers about the risks of vaping.

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